Nov 102017

2005 Dodge Ram 1500

Keeps overheating. Cracked a head but put that feeling in it and it seem to fix it. It started overheating again and I replaced the radiator hoses and thermostat. I am still losing water but can’t find out from where exactly. I have a cylinder that keeps filling with water. What’s my next option?

Cylinder that keeps filling with water

Remove the cylinder head that is effected and have it checked for cracks. It may just be a blown head gasket. This will be apparent once the head is removed. The only other way for coolant to get into a cylinder would be a crack in the intake and or intake gasket. This is not as common as the head issue. The engine will overheat until the leak is repaired.

Nov 012017

1973 Dodge Charger

I need a vacuum diagram for this car. Can you help? email me a diagram please!!

Engine Vacuum

Pcv and Brake booster go to separate large ports, the pcv usually to the carb base and the booster to the manifold fitting.
Vacuum advance goes to one of two small ports on the carb. Test to find the one that has no vac at idle but as soon as you touch the throttle you get vacuum.
Cruise goes to either the small port on the intake or the carb base. It could be split off the vacuum advance.

1973 Dodge Charger Vacuum Diagram

1973 Dodge Charger Vacuum Diagram

1973 Dodge Charger Vacuum Ports Diagram

vacuum ports Dodge Charger diagram


Oct 242017

2002 Dodge Ram 1500

Oil pressure gauge drops to zero then back to half normal pressure after engine warms up. Has good pressure when first cranked ? Is oil sending unit on exterior or interior of motor ?

Most common cause for this would be a faulty oil pressure sending unit. It is a fairly in expensive part and would be the first place to look. Check the connections and if any sign of oil is around, replace it.

Oil Pressure Sensor Description

The 3–wire, solid-state engine oil pressure sensor (sending unit) is located in an engine oil pressure gallery.


The oil pressure sensor uses three circuits. They are:

  • A 5–volt power supply from the Powertrain Control Module (PCM)
  • A sensor ground through the PCM’s sensor return
  • A signal to the PCM relating to engine oil pressure

The oil pressure sensor has a 3–wire electrical function very much like the Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) sensor. Meaning different pressures relate to different output voltages.

A 5–volt supply is sent to the sensor from the PCM to power up the sensor. The sensor returns a voltage signal back to the PCM relating to engine oil pressure. This signal is then transferred (bussed) to the instrument panel on either a CCD or PCI bus circuit (depending on vehicle line) to operate the oil pressure gauge and the check gauges lamp. Ground for the sensor is provided by the PCM through a low-noise sensor return.

Oct 242017

Dodge Grand Caravan

I can’t fix my spongy brakes. I have replaced all brake pads, master cylinder, a rear caliper and have bled it several times to no success. Someone tells me to change the brake booster but that doesn’t seem correct. How do I fix this?

Brake pedal feels spongy or has excessive travel

  1. Check the brake fluid level and condition. If the fluid is contaminated or has not been flushed every two years, clean the master cylinder reservoir, and bleed and flush the brakes using fresh brake fluid that meets the manufacturer’s recommended standards.
  2. Check for a weak or damaged flexible brake hydraulic hose. Replace the hose and flush the brake system.
  3. If the brake system uses drum brakes front or rear, check the brake adjustment. Inspect for seized adjusters and clean or replace, then properly adjust.


Oct 052017

2007 Dodge Charger R/T

Was driving home and car started to get hot. I stopped the car and the temp gauge went all the way to C. So I started it up and engine  sounded great, temp gauge stayed on C. I had two stop signs and then I slowed down to turn in my drive and it died. At that point the tank was hot so I pushed it in driveway. This morning went to start it and it had a loud noise clanking in the front and won’t stay running. I’m thinking timing chain because it was OK when it died. Unsure.

Sounds about right. I would remove the serpentine belt and start it up again to make sure it is an internal noise before digging into the timing chain.

Aug 192017

2012 Dodge Avenger

My Electronic Throttle Control light is blinking on my 2012 Dodge Avenger. What does this mean?

Electronic Throttle Control light is blinking

Since the light is blinking it would indicate a serious problem and also indicate a code has been stored. It sounds like a problem with either the APP, Throttle Body, PCM or wiring. (APP is Accelerator Pedal Position sensor, it’s part of the accelerator pedal assembly, serviced as an assembly with the pedal). Probably do need to get it scanned at a dealership to see what codes are popping up. Therefore the next best course of action would be to pull the codes and proceed from there.

Electronic Throttle Body Removal

electronic throttle body removal
Never have the ignition key in the ON position when checking the throttle body shaft for a binding condition. This may set DTC’s.

  1. Disconnect and isolate the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove the resonator.
  3. Disconnect the electrical connector (1) from the Electronic Throttle Control (ETC) (2) and disengage the ETC harness from the clip (4) on the throttle body.
  4. Remove four throttle body mounting bolts (3).
  5. Remove the throttle body from the upper intake manifold.
  6. Check the condition of the throttle body-to-intake manifold seal. The seal can be reused if not damaged.
Jul 032017

2006 Dodge SprinterI get a 219d code on the dash when I start the vehicle. It disappears after about 1 minute. I have a diesel. Do you know what it means.

Dodge Code P2190 – Bank 1 AFR imbalance

The engine control module (ECM) controls the air/fuel metering system in order to provide the best possible combination of driveability, fuel economy, and emission control. Fuel delivery is controlled differently during Open Loop and Closed Loop. During Open Loop, the ECM determines fuel delivery based on sensor signals without heated oxygen sensor (HO2S) input. During Closed Loop, the ECM adds HO2S inputs to calculate the short and long term fuel trim (FT) adjustments. If the HO2S indicates a lean condition, the fuel trim values will be above 0 percent. If the HO2S indicates a rich condition, the FT values will be below 0 percent. The short term FT values change rapidly in response to the HO2S voltage signals. The long term FT makes coarse adjustments in order to maintain an air/fuel ratio of 14.7:1.

Code P2190 Possible causes

•Leaking fuel injector or pressure regulator
•High fuel pressure condition
•Faulty Oxygen (O2) Sensor
•Faulty Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor

Jun 302017

Dodge DakotaHow to remove and replace driver side front door window motor and assembly?

Window Motor Removal

The power window motor and mechanism is integral to the power window regulator unit. If the power window motor or mechanism is faulty or damaged, the entire power window regulator unit must be replaced.

Window Regulator Removal

1.Remove glass from door.
2.Disengage power window motor wire connector from door harness, if equipped (POWER REGULATOR).
window regulator1 – SCREW

3.Loosen bolts in slotted holes attaching regulator to door inner panel (POWER REGULATOR BOLTS).
window motor regulator1 – REMOVE BOLTS

4.Remove bolts attaching window regulator to inner door panel.
5.Extract window regulator through access hole in inner door panel.

Jun 032017

2002 Dodge Ram 1500So we have a 2002 ram 1500 with the 5.9 engine. It runs fine, except in rain. When it rains or has rained, it will turn over but not start. Disconnecting the battery for 5 minutes generally fixes it. My theory would be a distributor cap or intake manifold, but i really have no idea. Thanks!

Wont start in the rain

A complete tune up would be a good place to start especially if it has been a while. If disconnecting the battery fixes it the issue may be a bit different. It is possible that the connections at the battery are corroded or damaged. Next time it rains and won’t start see if wiggling the wires at the battery while someone cranks it over causes it to start. If it does, clean all the connectors and wiring at the battery.